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Re: Interested in elementary music - steps/words of advice?
If you're interested in the recorder side of things....Recorder Karate would be a good way to start. I believe there are two sets available now and I've used the first one for 10 years now. I am a former asst band director and I use Recorder Karate for older kids (grades 4/5) and use the old nursery rhyme songs, folk songs and several activity songs that let them move about the room (grades K-2). 3rd grade I start teaching them how to read and play music (use bell sets and transition into recorders)...good luck!
So I'm looking at getting into elementary music possibly in the future. I feel like I would enjoy it, but I'm also hyper-aware of how relatively little I know about the job and what it takes to do so. While my teaching certification technically covers my qualifications when applying for a job like this, I've only ever done band. And elementary music seems like a whole different ballgame.
Are there any tips/tricks/pointers for a band guy like myself to break into the world of recorders and Kodaly? It feels like a long time ago I was learning about that early childhood pedagogy, so I'm a bit rusty.